Summary: The $719 Toshiba Satellite U845-S402 undercuts many Ivy Bridge-powered Ultrabooks on price and features a sleek design and long battery life. However, for not much more money you can get a 14-inch Ultrabook with both a faster CPU and discrete graphics, such as the
Pros: Lightweight elegant design, Good battery life, Accurate and comfortable touchpad
Cons: Mushy cramped keyboard, Runs hot, A bit pricey for components
Conclusion: If Staples’ pricing happens to be a fluke, however, and the price hovers closer to Toshiba’s $879 MSRP, the U845-S406 becomes harder to recommend. Less-costly, lighter options like Sony’s VAIO T Series and Lenovo’s U310 are readily available. And for a little more than the Satellite's near-$900 MSRP, you can land a more upscale machine like Dell’s XPS 13, an altogether more rigid machine.
Pros: Built-in WiDi for connecting to HDTVs, Backlit keyboard, More RAM than some competing machines
Cons: Design, features don’t stand out substantively from other ultrabooks, Test machine had hairline crack above SD-card slot